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Fear in a safe place

Photo: Karyn Riddle

Karyn Riddle remembers worrying as a child that she or her family would become victims of violent crime. Looking back now, she’s puzzled by those childhood fears. “Why would I, living in a totally safe suburb, be anxious or think that the world is a violent place?” she asks. An assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Riddle (pictured in front of a movie image) is trying to discover if, for some people, frequent exposure to violent media makes them generally more fearful.

Top Stories

No clear answers on effects of possible sequester

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Some federal funding to the university could be in jeopardy if Congress does not act before March 1 to avoid the set of spending cuts known as sequestration. But the size and type of cuts that could actually reach Madison are difficult to predict.

Task force recommends stronger policies on alcohol

A task force that reviewed policies on alcohol service at university events is recommending stronger enforcement of the drinking age, limits on events where alcohol is provided without a professional server, and improved communication of alcohol policies to the campus community.

Science of Nature: Celebrating Aldo Leopold

Explore nature at this family-friendly event. Sat., March 2, 10 a.m.-noon, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

Around Campus

Campus history at libraries film series

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As part of its “Treasures of the UW Libraries” series, the Friends of the Libraries will present an evening of historic campus film clips on Wednesday, March 6. “On Wisconsin, On Film” will feature films providing glimpses of campus life from the 1930s to 1970s.

Madison reads Leopold at Arboretum Saturday

As part of the Madison area's celebration of Aldo Leopold Weekend, there will be a free public reading from "A Sand County Almanac" and other Leopold works on Saturday at the Arboretum, where Leopold was the first research director.

WARF Discovery Challenge abstracts due Monday

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WARF hopes the second annual Discovery Challenge, which kicks off with poster abstracts due Monday, March 4, will inspire a large crop of young researchers to collaborate, discover and compete. Last year, more than 125 graduate students and postdocs participated.

Inside Info

Tips for maintaining healthy relationships

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When we think of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we probably think of eating well and exercising. But having healthy relationships – both romantic and friendly – is just as important for our well-being, says a UW Health psychologist.    


Molly Wright Steenson brings wide experience to SJMC

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The School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s newest assistant professor has an eclectic background. Molly Wright Steenson is, in her own words, a “German major, turned geek girl, turned design professor, turned architectural historian, turned digital studies professor.”    


Cool Science images deadline is Friday

Image: sea urchin

The submission deadline is tomorrow for the third annual UW-Madison Cool Science Image Contest, which is soliciting the best images from student, faculty and staff. To enter the 2013 contest, visit here for guidelines and submission requirements.


Three researchers awarded Sloan fellowships

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Three members of the faculty have been awarded prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships. The fellowships are awarded to promising young researchers in the early stages of their careers.


Meditate your way to a healthy life

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Looking to sharpen your focus and find some clarity amidst the daily hustle and bustle of a busy life? Meditation is just the thing to help foster relaxation and improve overall well being. Join UHS wellness coordinator Bob McGrath on Wednesday, March 6, from noon to 1 p.m. at Union South.

Video: The Weekend with Kelly Kanavas

Watch The Weekend for some of the highlight events at UW-Madison coming up this weekend, including  Skyfall, Irish music, and the latest at the Chazen. For more campus events, click here.

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